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6 consonants, 4 vowels = Sour Grapes!

By Nuala McKeever

She has a great head for figures and a great figure that turns heads, so why is Carol Vorderman slagged off in the press for her dress sense?

She appears in a t-shirt and jeans and is attacked mercilessly for wearing clothes that are “sprayed on”. She’s 50-years-old and so the clothes are “too tight for her age”. She’s like mutton dressed as lamb. She should know better. Blah, blah, blah.

To be honest, if I had a figure like CV I wouldn’t wear clothes like that or her glam dresses. I’d parade around in the skimpy underwear to show it off!

Obviously her detractors asked for “six consonants and four vowels please Carol” and got Sour Grapes. It’s not a conundrum, it’s clear, they’re jealous.

But there’s a deeper, uglier force at work, apart from simple begrudement. There’s a defensive, self-loathing in our society that spills over into horrible, nasty attacks on others. It’s dressed up as ‘opinion’ in the Press but really that’s just a cover for corrosive negativity. You don’t need to look at the English riots to see that it’s dog eat dog out there.

If Cameron really wants to improve society, maybe we could start with a tax on viciousness in the media, masquerading as worthy comment.

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